Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 4 XL

The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL are the latest additions to the growing Pixel family.
With the Pixel's first ever dual-camera, an award-winning display and radar-powered Motion Sense on board, the Google Pixel 4 duo are exciting and innovative smartphones. However, whether you're a long-time Pixel fan or new to the party, you'll still have one major decision to make: should you go for the Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL?

To make things easier, we've compared the new Pixels side-by-side, to help you chose.

Google Pixel 4 vs 4 XL - Design and Display

When you first look at the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL, you'll notice a sleek, rubberised back panel that not only looks great, but improves grip and durability. Framing the edge of each handset is sleek aluminium, and the classic power button in a contrasting colour sits on the right.


You can access either handset quickly and securely with the lightning-fast Face Unlock feature. The technology fuelling Face Unlock sits neatly at the very top of the duo, in a minimal black bar just above both screens.

As for the differences between models, there are a few. As expected, the Google Pixel 4 XL is the larger of the two, with a 6.3-inch display compared to the 5.7-inch on the regular Pixel 4. You can expect nothing but a clear, detailed and vibrant picture from both phones. In fact, the Pixel 4 XL's QHD+ screen has been given the highest ever rating (A+) from DisplayMate (the world's leading authority on smartphone displays), as well as the Best Smartphone Display award.

Both handset screens feature a 90Hz refresh rate, which is 50% higher than the average smartphone. Google has named this the Smooth Display, you'll receive a more detailed, seamless picture and on both phones. The Google Pixel 4 handsets continue to use Google's Always-On display feature, so you can view the time, notifications, upcoming alarms and even see what song is playing in the background at a glance.

Google Pixel 4 vs 4 XL - Cameras

When it comes to cameras, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL offer the same dual-lens rear camera system and 8MP front-facing camera. If you're into photography, you needn't worry when it comes to picking a device - both handsets are fully equipped to deliver outstanding results.


The dual-lens rear setup is composed of a main 12.2MP wide-angle lens and a secondary 16MP telephoto camera - designed to help you add depth to your photos and create a blurred background effect known as bokeh. In fact, the camera is jam-packed with features designed to make your images look like they were shot on a professional camera.

Live HDR+ is new for the Google Pixel 4, and it lets you view the effects of advanced HDR while you compose the photo instead of after you've pressed the shutter button. HDR is designed to improve the dynamic range of your camera, helping you capture impressive sunsets and photos in darker environments, whilst improving how much detail you can get in one shot. With Live HDR+, you can see the results before you take a picture, rather than after, giving you more control over each snap.

Night Sight means you'll be able to take detailed photos in the darkest settings, but thanks to the new Astrophotography feature, you'll be also be able to shoot breath-taking images of the night sky. Fancy snapping the Milky Way? Just make sure the phone is positioned and stable, then hit the shutter. One photo can be taken in 16 seconds, and will process in 4 minutes.

Super Res Zoom ensures taking photos on both phones is easy even from extreme distances, and Google's Frequent Faces helps you master those group photos - detecting when everyone is smiling and all eyes are open.

Google Pixel 4 vs 4 XL - Battery

Google Pixel phones are designed to keep you powered up throughout the day, with batteries made to last. The smaller Pixel 4 has a 2,800 mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL features a larger 3,700 mAh battery to fuel that bigger screen.


Both Pixel 4 phones offer 18W fast charging, so you'll never have to wait around long for your phone to power up, and can be charged wirelessly with any Qi-certified wireless charger.

Google Pixel 4 vs 4 XL - Features

As for features, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are full of them. Both are loaded with Android 10 - the latest operating system from Google - and come with a high-speed Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB RAM.

Both handsets can take clear voice recordings - and create a real-time transcript at the same time. As you speak, Google's intelligent software will capture every single world, displaying the words on screen milliseconds after you've spoken them.

Finally, Motion Sense means you can use certain movements on screen (such as swiping left or right, up and down or even double tapping the middle of the display) to carry out tasks quickly. Now, thanks to radar technology and an all-new sensor, you don't even have to touch your handset to do this. With Motion Sense, you simply need to wave your hand in front of the screen to skip a song, silence a call, or approach your phone to activate it. A mobile-first, Motion Sense is sure to be super handy when you're cooking, working out or simply have your hands full.